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The hacking group ‘Anonymous’ appeared to have shut down the Home Office website on Saturday night, in an apparent protest against extraditions of British citizens to the US and so-called “draconian surveillance proposals.”

An apparent ‘denial of service’ attack, made it impossible to access the Home Office website for at least an hour.

Those trying to access the website were instead confronted by a notice that “Due to a high volume of traffic this page is currently unavailable.”

The attack appeared to have been partly in protest at extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon, 46, who is accused of hacking US military computers.

Other posts about “draconian surveillance proposals” suggested the hackers were also angry about recent Government draft proposals that would potentially allow the security services to monitor every email, phone call and website visit to see who people were contacting and what websites they were looking at.

On Twitter, messages purporting to be from the hacking group, were posted under the name AnonOpUK, saying: “Anonymous is famous …. UK Home Office. Maybe you should start to listen to the people.” 

A Home Office spokesman said: “We are aware of some reports that the Home Office website may be the subject of an online protest. We have put all potential measures in place and will be monitoring the situation very closely.” Source: Daily Telegraph.

The Home Office web service, which is relied upon by thousands of migrants, was back up and running normally this weekend.

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